‘My fast Internet connection is more accessible than yours’

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As of today, the Dutch University of Twente in Enschede has the fastest Internet connection in the world, clocking in at 1 Gigabit upload and download speed. The only thing that comes close is the Google campus in Stanford, California. However, the big difference is Twente is the first university to be able to offer super fast Internet to its students and campus residents, while the Google connection lets people connect to and from home, but isn’t campus wide.

IT department and students set up the network at Twente, not some corporation. ‚ÄúThere are strict rules regarding the use and content of the university network. The upload limit of 50 GB per week will be maintained and any complaints about illegal uploads will be treated seriously.”

Stanford, it’s your move.

(Link: www.utwente.nl, www.npr.org)

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  1. You should change that to: The fastest _University_ Internet connection in the world.

    It isn’t unheared of to have such a fast Internet connection, here are some numbers from 2010: http://www.digitalsociety.org/2010/02/how-much-would-you-pay-for-gigabit-broadband/

    And a recent article about a US ISP: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/gigabit-internet-for-80-the-unlikely-success-of-californias-sonicnet.ars (this is actually a story about the ISP that delivers the Gigabit Internet connections for the other university)

    The University of Twente has it’s own network.

    To be honest, I don’t think most people need or even know how to fill up such a connection. The 50 Mbit download limit I have at home is probably fine. A higher upload limit (5Mbit) would be appreciated though.

    Comment by Lennie — March 4, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

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